Re: [R] R in a cluster environment?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2008 06:30:14 +0100 (BST)

On Tue, 8 Apr 2008, Tornes, Ivan E wrote:

> I'm a cluster administrator and one of my users has requested that I
> install R on our system. Can R be used in a cluster computing
> environment that utilizes batch processing, i.e. no graphical output
> during processing?

Yes, easily.

> Also, can R be parallelized to run on many nodes/processors
> simultaneously?

Not R itself. However, there are R extensions to enable R tasks to be distributed to R processes running on separate systems, over MPI or PVM for example. AFAIK our cluster users of R do not do that, but they do run simulations involving many separate R tasks whose results are later combined.

> Ivan
> Ivan E. Tornes Ph.D.
> Battelle
> 505 King Avenue
> Columbus, OH 43201-2693
> Phone:614-424-5165
> Fax:614-458-5165

Brian D. Ripley,        
Professor of Applied Statistics,
University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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